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 It is Black Friday and the busiest shopping day of the year. Many retailers opened last night or very early this morning drawing shoppers into the stores for door busting bargains.

Black Friday Shopping from residents of Canada led to congestion at the various bridge crossings into the United States with long delays reported. Yesterday was actually not a Holiday in Canada, as Thanksgiving was celebrated back in October on the same day as Columbus Day. A check of boarder crossing websites finds there are currently (8AM) no delays in or out of Canada.

Occupy Albany protests picked a different place to occupy yesterday. They were at an Albany Wal-Mart store urging shoppers to do their gift buying at local stores. One of the protesters complaints is about the employee policies.

Congresswoman Kathy Hochul will be in Batavia tomorrow to kick off the Holiday Shopping season at local small businesses throughout the 26th congressional district. Hochul will be visiting Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle at 8 Center Street tomorrow at 1:15 in the afternoon. She will then travel to LeRoy to visit Vintage And Vogue Inspirations on Main Street. That appearance is scheduled for 2:15PM.

An Orleans County Sheriff’s Deputy escaped serious injury when he his parked patrol car was struck by another vehicle yesterday morning. Deputy Michael Mele was investigating a one car accident on Route 31 in the Town of Ridgeway when another car went out of control and struck the sheriff’s vehicle. Mele was treated and released at Medina Memorial Hospital. The investigation into the accident is continuing.

A charge of forcible touching has been lodged against a Batavia man.
33 year old Castanon Oscar Donaldo Ramirez of Lewiston Road was arrested by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies following an investigation into the November 16th incident. At the time a female had alleged that Ramirez had contact with her, against her will. Ramirez is in jail with no bail set.

Batavia City Council will be meeting this Monday night in a Conference session. It gets underway at 7PM in the Council Board Room on the second floor of the Batavia City Centre. The public is invited to speak by signing in with the City Clerk prior to the start of the meeting. On the agenda is the discussion of the schedule of council meetings in 2012.

An Alden man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Buffalo on eight counts of distribution and receipt of child pornography and obstruction of justice. 38 year old Chad Salvatore of Alden is accused of distributing child pornography on five separate occasions in December of 2010. Two other counts stem from the receipt of child pornography last July and a final count for his intentional destruction of digital media believed to have contained child pornography. Salvatore has been in jail since his arrests and will be arraigned on the 8 counts next week.

The Batavia Kiwanis Club held their annual Thanksgiving Day skate at the Faletti Ice Area yesterday. A record crowd of 253 attended the now annual event. In addition to the free skating, all received free hot chocolate.

 

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